Tartarus XIII

Tartarus XII
Tartarus XIV

Script for today:

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A white-gloved hand is holding a champagne flute to Donna’s lips.  She is drinking from it.

CAPTION: This all seems like quite a harsh reaction to things going wrong with your family.

View of Donna’s face.  Her eyes are closed.

CAPTION: Yes, well that’s how it is.  “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth; I came not to send peace, but a sword.”

A gauntleted hand holding up a flaming sword against a background of a dark, stormy sky.

CAPTION: “For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against the mother-in-law.”

Extreme close-up view of a scalpel in a surgically-gloved hand, about to make an incision in Donna’s bare shoulder.

CAPTION: I chose to live by the scalpel instead.

View of a man in coveralls, pushing a trolley down a corridor, on which something about the size and shape of a human trunk wrapped in burlap.

CAPTION: I did so knowing full well I probably won’t last all that long the way I am.

View of Donna’s face again.  Her brow is wrinkled, her eyes closed, her expression dark.

DONNA: Was Emily a “little whore?”  Did she die as one?  Well then, I’ll die as one too.


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View of Taylor cradling Donna’s head in her arms, as if trying to comfort her.  Donna’s expression is still angry.

TAYLOR: You mustn’t give up hope…

TAYLOR: Hope?  Let me tell you something about hope..

View of ZEUS, here a heavily muscled, bearded man sitting on a marble throne, wearing an enraged expression and in the act of pounding one of the arms of his throne with a clenched fist.

CAPTION: After Prometheus stole fire from the Gods and gave it to mankind, Zeus, the head god, vowed to punish the human race.

View of PANDORA, a beautiful woman, lying nude on a slab.  She is not quite formed.  HEPHAESTUS, a hairy, dirty, gimp-legged fellow, is reaching down with his hands to mold some part of her body.

CAPTION: Zeus ordered Hephaestus, the smith-god, to create an artificial woman out of earth. All the other gods then gave her gifts.

View of ATHENA, a stern, beautiful goddess, showing the still-nude Pandora a loom.

CAPTION: Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, taught the woman weaving. And perhaps also some wisdom, as we shall see.

View of APHRODITE, nude like Pandora.  Pandora is seated.  Aphrodite is doing Pandora’s hair, while at the same time leaning forward to whisper something in Pandora’s ear.

CAPTION: Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, beautified her but also filled her with lusts.

View of HERMES, here a beautiful, beardless young man, standing behind Pandora and speaking to her.

CAPTION:Hermes the messenger of the Gods taught her the arts of speech…and of lying.


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Athena fitting a long gown on Pandora.

CAPTION: Athena then clothed this lovely created woman.  The Gods named her “Pandora,” which means “all gifts.”

Upper-half view of Pandora holding the hands of EPIMETHEUS, who is here a Greek-god-like individual, but defective (cross-eyed).

CAPTION: Zeus then gave Pandora to Prometheus’s dim-witted brother Epimetheus as a bride.

Pandora holding up a lidded jar, which she is gazing at curiously.

CAPTION: The gods gave Pandora a wedding present, a jar which she was told never to open.

Close up on Pandora’s hands pulling the lid off the jar.

CAPTION: But like so many people with gifts, curiosity was an overpowering motive for Pandora.


It scarcely needs to be mentioned what a popular subject Pandora was for artists.  One example:


Dante Gabriel Rosettti (1828-1882), Pandora (1878).  Original in the Lady Lever Art Gallery.  You can find an amazing collection of Pandora imagery here, although unfortunately without much in the way of provenance for individual images.